It's a shame Jim Varney passed away at the prime of his acting career. He was only 50 when he died in 2000. Jim was truly a character kids could enjoy. For example: When Jim's character (Ernest) finds himself looking to make friends in the Halloween movie 'Ernest Scared Stupid' he decides to build a tree-house for the neighborhood kids. Well, he accidentally digs up an ugly, evil-tempered troll. Awww, the troll hates children, too bad.